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A woodcutter, a thief, a young woman and a samurai meet in the forest. Each tells a different story of the same event – just who can you believe? The 90-minute production is based on Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s classic film and the Broadway script. The show features Caltech graduate students and will take place under the dappled shade of Descanso Garden’s Under the Oaks Theater on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and March 24 at 2:30 p.m. Bench seating will be provided and the show is free with Garden admission.  Caltech’s on campus performance will be in the garden of the Theater Arts Caltech (TACIT) house at 275 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and April 7 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door only and are $15 (general), $10 (student/staff/seniors) and $5 (Caltech students).

For further information, visit or call (626) 395-3295.

The African Violet Society of Montrose will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in the Birch Room at Descanso Gardens ,1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Visitors and guests are always welcome.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center invites the public to enjoy dinner and learn about the latest surgical and non-surgical treatment options for joint pain as well as minimally invasive options such as the anterior approach to hip replacement. The event takes place on Thursday, March 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank.

The presenter of this seminar will be Vahan Cepkinian, MD, orthopedic surgeon on medical staff at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

Space is limited. Call (818) 409-8100 or visit to register.

On Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m., the Associates of Brand Library will be sponsoring the second concert in its annual music series. The Elixir Piano Trio will be performing the “Trio Op 66” by Mendelssohn, “Tangos” by Piazzolla and the “Adagio” by Khachaturian. This concert will be in the auditorium of the Glendale Central Library. Admission is free.

For further information, contact the Glendale Central Library at (818) 548-2027.

Glendale Central Library 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale

A free presentation on the basics of Medicare is offered today, Thursday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. at an ice cream social at the YMCA of the Foothills. “Ice Cream Social and Medicare 101” is presented by Andea Naone-Waters and sponsored by Todd Menard of Belmont Village Senior Living Burbank.

Please RSVP to Andea Naone-Waters at (818) 468-4289 as space is limited.

YMCA of the Foothills, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

Learn about the Norwegian Art of Rosemaling with Diane Lingall on Saturday, March 23 with Sons of Norway Edvard Grieg Lodge #74 at Lutheran Church of the Foothills. Social is at 6 p.m. potluck at 6:30 p.m. This is a free event.

Call (818) 247-9042 for more information.

Lutheran Church of the Foothills, 1700 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada

The Days of the Verdugo Heritage Association is hosting an Easter egg hunt at the Catalina Verdugo Adobe Park at 2211 Bonita Dr., Glendale, on Sunday, March 24. There will also be a tour of the museum and refreshments from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Invitations are in the mail for the American Girl Fashion Show hosted by Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This three-day event is held at the Glendale Hilton Hotel on March 22-24.  There is a Friday night dinner show and two shows each on Saturday and Sunday when tea is served.  Little girls model historic and contemporary outfits and carry identically dressed dolls.  It is fun for all and all proceeds to CHLA. To receive an invitation or to make a reservation, visit or call (818) 952-7978.

The Verdugo Hills Hospital BEGINNINGS Family Education Program will offer a babysitting class designed on March 23 and April 27 for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15. Each class is a single, one-time class, held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The babysitting class is an interactive course that teaches participants valuable skills, including infant/child CPR, basic first aid, home/auto safety, accident prevention, telephone skills, safety tips, when to call 911, poison control, fire/earthquake plans and other helpful childcare advice. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a babysitting course completion certificate.

Classes are offered at VHH, located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd. in Glendale, 91208 in the Council Room (located on the fourth floor).

Class fee is $40/person. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, call (818) 952-2272. For a list of additional classes offered by the Family Education Program, please visit

The Lanterman Foundation will be hosting a home tour of Chula Vista, a 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival masterpiece located at 1937 Orchard Lane, La Cañada designed by Charles Kyson on Sunday, March 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Built for Charles Hoag, this “showplace of the Valley” retains its original architectural integrity, its richly ornamental interiors and many of its original gardens.

Tickets are $25 and include a tour of the home, a brief talk on the architect and a reception in the grand circular hall. Reservations may be made by contacting the Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Dr., La Cañada or by calling (818) 790-1421.

Join Pasadena Heritage for a peek into the past during the 2013 spring lecture and home tour, Before the Bungalow. Pasadena is a city known not only for its social and cultural history, but for its remarkable collection of architecture from different periods and styles as well. On Saturday, March 23, take a look at the very early development of Pasadena and the first residential architecture built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Following the lecture from noon to 4 p.m. will be a drive-yourself tour of four significant homes of the period.

Tickets for the 10 a.m. lecture are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Tickets for the drive-yourself tour are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Tickets now on sale. Advanced tickets will be held at will-call located at the Community Church at Holliston, 1305 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91106. Same day tour tickets may be purchased at the will-call location until 1 p.m.

Call (626) 441-6333 for more information or visit

On Tuesday, March 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. speaker Beverly Sanborn, LCSW will make a presentation to assist caregivers in their role and how to avoid burnout. The presentation is at Belmont Village Senior Living of Burbank.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by calling (818) 972-2405.

A reception and fundraiser will precede the lecture. Proceeds will benefit Leeza’s Care Connection.

This event is co-hosted by the Belmont Village communities of Encino and Hollywood and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Additional event sponsors include Accent on Seniors, Hello! Home Care, Glenoaks Medical Center Inc. Laila Hanna, M.D and Healthcare Partners.

Belmont Village Senior Living of Burbank, 455 E. Angeleno Ave.

Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) is offering a free Medicare Educational Seminar on Tuesday, March 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Council Rooms B/D, located on the fourth floor lobby. Lunch will be served.

The seminar will help new Medicare patients with their questions about benefits and types of health plans available to them. Various topics will be discussed including the basics of Medicare, prescription drug plans, Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare Supplement plans. The event, presented by Beta Benefits Insurance Services, is for educational purposes only and no plan-specific benefits or details will be discussed.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling (818) 952-2213. VHH is located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale.

The Smart-A-Thon luncheon event is on Wednesday, March 27 from11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Verdugo Hills Hospital fourth floor council rooms, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale. This is the premiere fundraiser for the Mary Pinola / CV Chamber of Commerce Education Fund. It is open to anyone who wants to participate in this trivia game event as a team member with three friends, or you can be placed on a team. The cost is $35 per person. To register or for more information, call the CV Chamber at (818) 248-4957.

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Verdugo Glen Chapter dinner and business meeting is on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. at the Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado, Glendale. Dinner cost is $25.

For information and reservations, call (323) 256-1575 or email

Dennis Reed, prominent historian and arts educator, will discuss the making of his limited edition book, “Japanese American Photography” on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library, in the auditorium.  The book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

This event is free and open to the public.

The program is sponsored by The Associates of Brand Library & Art Center in cooperation with the City of Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department.

Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard, Glendale 91205

Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena is hosting “The Youthful Perspective,” a group show of work by students from Clark Magnet High School on display through April 5. Curated by Kelly Brinker, “The Youthful Perspective” offers each of these young artists their first foray into the art world.

Flower Pepper Gallery, 121 E Union St., Pasadena

Glendale Art Association’s La Cañada Flintridge Library Art Show, “Let Your Imagination Fly” takes place from April 2 through April 19 at the La Cañada Library Community Room.

This is an exciting members’ art exhibition. All submitted works will be under 36”. Library hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Closed Sundays. For more information, contact or visit

La Cañada Library Community Room, 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada

On Sunday, April 7 the new officers of the Sunland/Tujunga Elks Club will be installed. Social will be at 2 p.m., the ceremony at 3 p.m. and buffet at 4 p.m. This is an open function, so friends and family are welcome.

Sunland-Tujunga Elks Lodge, 10137 Commerce Ave, Tujunga

As an American Heart Association training center, Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) offers cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training classes to community members and healthcare providers. For community members, VHH offers the Heartsaver AED class. This class is designed for the layperson. It provides instruction in adult, child and infant CPR and the choking maneuver for all three as well.  Also taught is the AED (automated external defibrillator) as these devices are now located in many public areas. This class is offered once each month with future classes being held on April 10 and May 22.

For more information about VHH’s CPR courses or to register for a class, call (818) 952-2272 to make a reservation.

The Caltech Jazz Bands, directed by William Bing, present their 13th Annual Jazz Festival featuring soloist Kirsten Edkins. This event will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gates Annex Patio on the Caltech campus. Gates Patio is located just west of Dabney Lounge.

Saxophonist Edkins, who graduated from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Geoffrey Keezer and popular artists Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.

Other featured musicians at the Caltech Jazz Festival include guitarist Glenn Hair, the Nick Broten Band, Chris Rolontz, Zucky Zeidner, and the Caltech Jazz Band.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. Some seating will be provided and audience members are welcome to bring food and blankets for a picnic on the lawn.

For further information, call Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295 or visit the Caltech Jazz Bands online at

Black Rose Early Music Ensemble will present music from the early Italian Baroque by known composers including Cima and Salaverde, plus obscure or notorious ones not commonly known.

The concert is on Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Parish, 122 S. California Ave. in Monrovia.

The event is free, but a donation of $10 is requested.

Contact Lynne at (626) 419-8645 with questions.

The ABWA Verdugo Glen is hosting a fashion show & luncheon on Saturday, April 27 at Angeles National Golf Club at 10:30 a.m. There will be a boutique, silent auction and opportunity prizes.

The luncheon and fashion show begin at 11:45 a.m. Fashions by:  Chico’s Fashions, Jockey Person to Person, and Kika Paprika plus fabulous accessories!

Proceeds benefit student scholarships and member education programs.

Please make check payable to ABWA Verdugo Glen & mail to: Elysa Rosenfeld-Ortiz, 535 Woodbury Road, Glendale CA 91206. For more information, call (818) 547-1422.

Reservations may be made online at (Events link).

Angeles National Golf Club, 9401 Foothill Blvd., Sunland

The community is invited to a well-paced journey to China. Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Climb the Great Wall, take a boat cruise on the Grand Canal of Hangzhou, and visit Suzhou’s Silk factory. Set sail on the Yangtze River, enjoy the wonderful scene of deep and quiet gorges, and the magnificent peaks as if they were cut by axes and knives. Take a shore excursion to the Shennong Stream where you may see the ancient roads, coffins in precipice, and even some rare animals such as golden-haired monkeys.  We will also visit Xi’an’s most important archeological site, where thousands of life-size terra-cotta warriors have been guarding the Emperor’s burial site for over 2,000 years.  Discover the mile-long riverside embankment where foreign investors once held sway over Shanghai.

Price is $3,195.

Sponsored by the Sierra Club. The dates for this event are April 20 to May 4 and the leaders are Andrea Lim and Salud Salinda in association with the Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group.

For more information, send email to – insert subject line of “China 2013” or call Salud at (310) 259-1208. Applications are first-come first-served.
The hours are Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Taxpayers will be helped on a “first-come-first-served” basis; no advanced reservations are available.

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, in partnership with the La Leche League, is hosting a monthly infant lactation and development support group to help support new mothers. This monthly group meets on the third Friday of each month from noon-1 p.m.  This group is free and open to the community and will answer all breastfeeding related questions that new mothers may have.
The Y is also offering a Mindful Parenting Course designed to help parents connect to their children and raise them to thrive. This course is adapted from the work of Dan Siegal, M.D and will focus on reducing daily stress while connecting with your child. The classes meet weekly on Tuesdays. The course is open to all and there is a fee to attend.
For more information, contact the Y at (818) 790-0123.
The Y is located at 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada

Dr. Ted Stern, professor of Music at Glendale Community College, will again conduct off-campus music appreciation classes for adults in the community. This ongoing series is for musicians and non-musicians alike. This semester will address the topic:  “An In-Depth Look at Six Composers: Praetorius, Handel, Mozart, Berlioz, Puccini and Stravinsky.”
Classes will be held at the Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church. The series of classes are held each Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., continuing through May 21. The cost is $90. For more information, call Dianne at (818) 445-2390.
Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave. Montrose

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has a support group meeting every Tuesday at Vallejo Drive Adventist Church in Glendale every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. DBSA provides hope, help, and support through peer-based, recovery oriented empowering services, and resources when people need them and how they need to receive them.
For more information, call Wanda Sellers at (818) 352-4346, email or visit
Vallejo Drive Adventist Church, 300 Vallejo Dr., Room 106 in Glendale.

The Glendale Quilt Guild meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Glendale Central Library. Social hour is at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments served at the break. Meetings are free to members and $5 for visitors. For more information visit or phone Brandi at (818) 541-9983.
Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard, in Glendale

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